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here. they asked us what is going on. nobody really got the news. when they told them pope benedict xvi was redesignisignry didn't know. actually, he can, but obviously, no pope has done that for 700 years. so no wonder people are aware of that. for now on that may change the course of the catholic church in the future as well as pope benedict xvi is setting an example. if you don't have the strength to carry on let someone younger and more strength to carry on the mission. >> it certainly is a monument ool announcement. claudio, thank you very much. >>> this morning we spoke with greg burke the senior communication adviser to the holy see in rome. we began by asking him how much of a surprise this was? >> it is a surprise. i people think had fair warning. it was a few years ago in a book called "light of the world," a long interview with a german journalist. the journalist asked the pope if he would resign. and he said something interesting. in the midst of a candle and all that stuff. he said now is not the time. it's not the time to run when you're in great risk and emergency period.
breaking news. a stunning announcement just coming in from the vatican. pope benedict xvi is resigning. we're live with what's behind his decision and how quickly the next pope will be elected, "today," monday, february 11th, 2013. >> announcer: from nbc news, this is "today" with matt lauer and savannah guthrie live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >> good morning. welcome to "today" on a monday morning. i'm matt lauer. >> and i'm savannah guthrie. can't say that this is unprecedented for a pope to just step down, but you have to go back 1600 years to find another example of it. pope benedict xvi announcing he is stepping down as leader of the catholic church. huge news for the world's 1 billion catholics. >> and noncatholics as well. the 85-year-old pope made the announcement moments ago, saying his strength is no longer adequate to carry on his duties. in a moment we'll talk about the decision with timothy cardinal dolan, the highest ranking catholic here in the united states. claudeio is in rome. this morning, would you say this is total surprise? >> reporter: matt
people. pope benedict xvi, the first pope they've known and the old who know how his story is. gathering to hear the last testament. and looking on the cardinal, one of these men could soon be pope, the first from pope benedict, a prayer. a final message to his follower followers. >> ask each of you to pray for me and for the new pope i impart my blessing. thank you. [ applause ] >> reporter: this frail man choosing a quieter life. so very different from his predecessor john paul who stayed until the very end. anthony from pennsylvania witnessed both pope's last sermons. >> they're courage in different ways. in opposite ways but the same degree of courage. >> reporter: the pope summoning the strength to say good-bye, giving up one of the most powerful roles on earth. meeting publicly with the faithful one last time. >> savannah as the pope got up to leave. there was a wave of emotion. people calling out to him, waving good-bye. many people held up banners saying thank you in return. pope benedict told the faithful i have never felt this way. >> thank you. greg burke is the senior communi
guest. but we got surprising news this morning, pope benedict resigning. you have some more information on that, natalie. >> that's right. pope benedict xvi made the stunning announcement this morning he will be stepping down. rome bureau chief claudio lavagne joins us now with more. good morning, claudio. >> reporter: good morning, natalie. even the elements seem to be reacting to his shocking news. there's a storm raging over vatican city just behind me now. it took everybody by surprise, this announcement this morning. it even took by surprise his closest aides, his spokesperson, lombardi, saying in a press conference that he didn't even know about it, and if he didn't know about it, then who would? well, maybe just the closest cardinals he confessed it to. the cardinals, more than 120 now. certainly he made his announcement as if it was a low-key decision. he did that during a fairly small cardinals gathering here in the vatican and he just said, look, i just don't have the strength anymore to carry on my duties. you need both body and mind to carry on the very important duties of t
. >>> a vatican spokesman said today that pope benedict xvi will not play any role in running the church when he steps down at the end of this month. and today in germany the pope's brother said benedict plans to keep a low profile and may not publish any new writings so they don't interfere with the work of the new pope. >>> president obama lays out the agenda for the start of his second term during tonight's state of the union address. he is expected to focus on job decr creation and middle class growth as well as gun control. the republican response will be delivered by florida senator marco rubio. >>> it will now be at least thursday before a cruise ship stranded in the gulf of mexico reaches port. carnival cruise line says the ship drifted so far north it will be towed to mobile, alabama, instead of to a closer port in mexico. the carnival triumph, with more than 4,000 passengers and crew members lost power after an engine room fire this weekend. >>> chicago police have arrested two men in connection with the murder of teen hadiya pendleton just days after first lady michelle obama attended
march. pope benedict, who announced he is stepping down for health reasons, was greeted by a crowd of 50,000 on sunday. a journalist who last saw the pope said benedict appeared to have gone blind in his left eye. >>> danica patrick became the first woman to nab a top spot for any race in nascar's premiere circuit, winning the daytona 500 pole sunday with a lap topping 196 miles per hour at the international speed way in florida. she says she was raised to be the fastest driver and not the fastest girl. >>> a new study out today finds preschoolers who watch educational tv are better behaved than kid whose watch violent shows. research published in the journal of peeds says it corresponds to what the children watched and not how many hours they watched. >>> 25 years after the bruce willis first "die hard" movie "a good day to die hard" took the top spot at the box office, $25 million in sales. he's still got it. "identity thief" came behind in a close second and nicholas sparks novel "safe haven" came in third. >>> heavyweight champs mike tyson and evander holyfield were reunited this wee
get up to two feet of snow. >>> pope benedict xvi will be called the emeritus pope and carry the title of his holiness after he steps down thursday. monday he received the results of an internal investigation into vatican document leaks. the vatican denied that anything in the report contributed to benedict's historic decision to abdicate. savannah is heading there now and will be reporting from rome tomorrow. >>> president obama takes his battle to a ship building yard to highlight the impact of automatic sequester budget cuts on defense workers. across the board cuts will take effect friday unless the white house and congressional republicans can reach a deal to reduce the federal deficit. >>> a new report says that deaths of younger teenage drivers jumped 19% in the first half of last year. that is more than double the increase for overall traffic fatalities. the governor's highway safety association says the spike is likely due to the improved economy, which puts more cars on the road and a slowdown in new laws that address teen driving safety. >>> apparently the internet has a new
? >> all right, al. thank you. >>> now to rome and pope benedict's final days as leader of the catholic church. moments ago the vatican announced new details about the pope's life after he steps down. let's get to nbc's anne thompson at the vatican this morning. anne, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, savannah. we now know what pope benedict will be called once he retires. if you run into him, you address him as his holiness, pope benedict xvi, or roman pontiff emeritus. he won't wear the white cape you've seen him wear as pope. and then those shoes that he's so very fond of, well, they go. he will have to switch to brown shoes. we understand he'll wear a pair he was given on a trip to mexico. all of those details are coming out as the world gets a glimpse of the sometimes ugly gamesmanship that goes on in this beautiful setting. cardinal keith o'brien, briton's highest ranking catholic and its only vote in the upcoming papal conclave is staying away, accused of improper behavior with four young priests going back to the 1980s, detailed in a british newspaper sunday that o
more on the first appearance from pope benedict xvi since his announce thamt he ment that he's stepping down at the end of the month. good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, matt. this is ash wednesday. it's usually a somber day in the catholic church. there's a celebratory air here in vatican city as the pope begins what some are calling his farewell tour. this morning, the public getting its first chance to express their appreciation for pope benedict since announcing his abdica abdication. with the end of his papacy days away. a church famous for its rituals, vatican officials are working without a script as benedict moves into retirement. what are you going to call pope benedict once he steps down? >> i don't think he will be the pope emeritus. one of his other titles is the bishop of rome. he will probably be the americas bishop of rome sfw. >> reporter: showed a flare for fashion, earning the nickname the prada pope. this monastery is being renovated for pope benedict. it will have a library for the scholarly man and his cat also accompany him. no word yet on whether there
, is there more to pope benedict's sudden decision to step down? and who might replace him? is there any chance the next pope could be an american? we're live in vatican city with new details. >>> and nightmare, passengers on a cruise chip stranded in the gulf of mexico say conditions are getting worse and there's word this morning that their journey will be even longer "today," tuesday, february 12th, 2013. >> announcer: from nbc news, this is "today" with matt lauer and savannah guthrie, live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >>> morning, everyone. welcome to "today" on a tuesday morning. i'm savannah guthrie. >> and i'm matt lauer. important news breaking overnight. u.n. security council is going to hold an emergency meeting this morning to address north korea's overnight nuclear test. >> this is north korea's third nuclear test, but the first under its new leader, kim jong un. we'll have a live report from the pentagon straight ahead. >>> a big development in the story we've been following, two men now charged in connection with the murder of a 15-year-old chicago girl who performed at t
the vatican's plans to elect a new pope in the wake of pope benedict's surprise decision to retire at the end of the month. rich richard engel is live in the vatican city. >> reporter: it's an act of humility and encourage to make way for a younger man. 24 hours later there's still shock in the vatican city. >> shocked. disappointed. sad. >> reporter: this morning roman catholics, tourists, even some church officials wondered if this can be a moment to revitalize the church after pope benedict xvi's unexpected decision to step down. >> personally i didn't agree with a lot of the things he believed and prepared. >> this will bring change for the church. >> reporter: in making his announcement the 85-year-old pontiff who has been looking frail asked for forgiveness. i have to recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill the min nus stri entrusted to me he told a gathering of cardinals in latin saying his advanced age forced the decision. just hours later these images circulated around the world. these are unusual times for the vatican. the last time a pope abdicated under similar circumstances
. pope benedict's successor, anne thompson is there with more. good morning, anne. >> reporter: good morning, natalie. the conclave to elect pope benedict's successor is scheduled to begin between march 15th and march 20g9, but there is talk it could be moved up because the karmds who will elect the new pope are coming here to rome to say good-bye to pope benedict february 28th. we should hear some word perhaps this week. asked who will succeed pope benedict the pope himself yesterday set off a flurry of speculation at his weekly blessing when he addressed the crowd in spanish, he asked them to pay praise for himself and the future pope. some wondered was he sending a secret signal that he would prefer to see a pope from latin america? i spoke to a vatican spokesman who said there was no secret signal, just the pope offering a prayer. >> anne thompson, thank you. >> nbc's white house correspondent kristen welker is in port st. lucie, traveling with the president. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, natalie. president obama heads home later today after a weekend of golf, includin
four people. >>> on this ash wednesday, pope benedict is performing what is scheduled to be his last public mass. he is stepping down for the good of the church because he did not have the strength to continue. he asks people to continue to pray for him, the church and the new pope. his successor will start next month. >>> conditions appear to be getting worse on that carnival cruise ship triumph after fire left the ship adrift without power in the gulf of mexico. passengers are complaining about filthy, hot conditions and trouble getting food. the ship is being towed to mobile, alabama, where it's expected to arrive tomorrow. carnival says it is trying to make the passengers as comfortable as possible. >>> a new report by the national hurricane center estimates the total cost of damage caused by superstorm sandy to be around $50 billion. that's greater than any u.s. hurricane except for katrina in 2005. the report also blames 72 deaths directly on sandy, making it the deadliest hurricane to strike the northeast in four decades. >>> we are mourning the loss of veteran nbc news corres
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